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Old 08-28-2015, 08:23 AM
zguney zguney is offline
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Reading this thread has been very interesting and informative, thanks Gary!!
Zach Gunwall - Lexington, SC
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:39 PM
Kyle Stapleton Kyle Stapleton is offline
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Just moving this up to the top.
Great read (my 3rd time)
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:27 PM
Rlee1972 Rlee1972 is offline
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Yes! Hands down the best info I read before purchasing a CNC. Like you have stated, I have read it multiple times and have gleaned something each time.
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Old 08-24-2018, 01:49 AM
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Gary Campbell Gary Campbell is offline
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It has been 5 years since this thread was first started. Along with the over 23,000 views I have received a half dozen or more emails or PM's per month asking for "just a little more advice". I want to share a bit more about this process.

In most cases the prospective buyer simply want some clarification from the terminology overload he is experiencing. This is good.

What most pre purchase guys don't realize is that without experience they do not have the knowledge to ask the questions needed to make the decisions that they have listed for configuring a machine.

My analogy for this would be an 18 year old girl taking a list of things her Dad made for her to a car dealership to buy her first car. She asks all the right questions and appears to absorb all the answers. For 10 different cars, driving the sales guy nuts.

In the end she buys the one that connected to Pandora and matched her outfit. She told the sales guy that she would buy it if he filled the tank, because her Dad said that twice. She never realized that the most important thing her Dad did was to send her to a dealership he knew he could trust.

Tires, transmission, battery, warranty and gas mileage were all passed over for a good media player and an awesome color.

Just like that young lady, first time cnc buyers, most of which have never seen a cnc machine, seldom listen to those in the know. Like her, this will most likely not be your last purchase. You may think you know what you want to cut now, but it is highly unlikely that you have any idea of what you will be cutting in a year.

I would like you to remember two things. The first is that virtually ALL the things that you feel important to you pre-purchase will not even be on your radar in a year. The second is that I want you to remember I sent you to a good place. You are here.
Gary Campbell
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:25 AM
tonywish tonywish is offline
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I wish you would have gotten into more detail.

Tony Wish
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:38 AM
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If the FAQ section was read by all those who did not reply to the email sent for activation or the new owners for Owner status

then the wait and the two to three emails we have to exchange on this would not be required

Most important is I cannot do anything with out the screen name !!
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